The United Technologies Corporation pulled off the impossible, they survived the great recession. Throughout the 2000s, many businesses were closing their doors left and right. Unemployment was on the rise, the housing market had just crumbled, and people were unable to sustain their workers. The change of all of these things brought the demise in bankruptcy of many corporations. One industry that was hit perhaps the hardest was the airline industry.
As the airline industry was hit by this recession companies such as Delta and United Airlines and Southwest Airlines were unable to continue purchasing airline parts from third-party manufacturers. This included United Technologies Corporation which had been one of the most dominant corporations in all of North America. Many business analysts thought that the writing was on the wall for UTC.
UTC was able to get a new chief executive officer, Louis Chenevert, who truly changed everything around. When he arrived the stock price was only $37 a share. By the time he walked out, it was at $117 a share. Needless to say, a lot of people made a lot of money. Exactly how did he do this though?
He accomplished the impossible by using three strategies. The first strategy was simple, offset the deficit. He was able to offset the deficit by acquiring companies such as Pratt & Whitney and Otis and Goodrich. These key acquisitions were crucial because they allowed UTC to take the profits from those companies that were not being hurt by the recession and use it to keep UTC afloat for the time being.
The second strategy he took was to plug the leaks in UTC spending. He found that UTC spent a needless amount of money on transporting their own goods and interviewing new workers. By plugging those leaks, he saved the company 15 million a year.
The last strategy he took was getting UTC to the point that it was able to meet the strictest environmental regulations. By lowering their carbon emissions and the water consumption, they no longer had to pay the environmental fines to the Canadian and American governments.